Tuesday, June 27, 2006

the debate rages on

What debate? Why, the all-important, earth-shattering, highly contentious indoor cat vs. outdoor cat debate of course! Personally, I think it's an inane thing to get bent out of shape over (if you hadn't already picked up on that...), and up to the individual feline for the most part, but I've been known to impose my will on a cat or two. This one for example. Zulu loves to go outside. In winter, when hungry coyotes come up from the ravines and roam the streets she's a strictly indoor kinda gal, but when the days are long and hot and there is more to see and do than a cat could ever hope for, she goes out. Just look at her. After such a day she is the happiest cat that ever ate a spider.

P.S. Please ignore the putrid brown panelled walls. To make matters worse, the carpet is shag and the same depressing 1970s colour. Fortunately this tiny room only holds the computer so we don't actually ever have to look at it.


Blogger tlc illustration said...

My cat would rather be dead than confined to the indoors...

27/6/06 8:38 p.m.  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Hee hee hee! That's so cool -- PROOF that people read my blog (and that cats sleep on it!) Thanks for the link!

27/6/06 10:32 p.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

I don't believe you. I'll bet that's a very carefully cultivated look.

27/6/06 10:43 p.m.  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Mine are strictly indoor, and they love it. :-)

28/6/06 4:23 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

My cats are indoor cats, because they grew up in an apartment and are used to being indoors. When I moved to the country with four cats, only my rescue feral cat Romeo ended up as an outdoor cat. It's a tediously long story why he ended up living outside again, but suffice to say it was the only solution to the problem of reacclimating him to another indoor environment without him going to the bathroom all over the house in his panic. He did very well for over two years, but then disappeared for about 10 days, only to return dragging his mangled hind quarters behind him. I had to have him put down, and it really broke my heart. I feel very guilty about it, and I feel like I should have asserted my preference for keeping him indoors more vehemently.

Anyway, your Zulu looks like a perfectly delicious kitty, draped over the computer. She sure has lounging down to an art!

28/6/06 4:25 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your cat is adorable Andrea ! The huge paws and markings, really sweet ! My baby,August, stays indoors all year round. I use to bring him out sometimes on a leash but,then he cried to go a lot. So, I finally decided just to keep him in, as our Vet thought best anyway.

28/6/06 5:55 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

I once had a cat who preferred to stay indoors which was good as it relieved me of any guilt and made me PC. Though the 'pet experts' insist that cats remain inside for their own safety I think there are more considerations than safety. If you have a cat who lives for her outside forays, like I do, then I think it's unfair, even cruel, to deny her this basic need. I'd far rather she have a shortened happy life than a really long miserable one. That said, I still won't let her out in winter! :)

28/6/06 6:57 a.m.  
Blogger . said...

I have no cats, but I ran into a badger last night, that interaction could have been really ugly because they have such long claws.

Anyway, I have come to the opinion that badgers should stay outside...and be shot when necessary.

28/6/06 9:05 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats are pets. They are supposed to do what we tell them. No, wait that's dogs...

28/6/06 11:40 p.m.  
Blogger The Tart said...

Sweet Zulu!

I found my kitties (Blackie & Tanner) when they were just babies and their eye were not open. They have never set foot on grass and only stay inside. So I am sure they know not what they have never seen ~ the great outdoors! ; )

On the other hand Miss S. Hmm, she is my feral rescue. Snatched her from the great outdoors when she was about a year old. Since then she has never been back outside ... but she loves Blackie so much that I think she could care less if she ever sees a blade of grass. She follows him all around the house with love in her eyes ~ very cute! =^..^=

Big head rub to Miss Zulu!
The Tart
The Whippy Curly Tails

BTW, more Zulu pics please.

30/6/06 7:24 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Tart: I think you hit on something. She had been living On The Outside for awhile when she came to us as an adult from a shelter, which is why I think she's so strongly drawn to the out-of-doors.

30/6/06 7:34 a.m.  

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